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Are You a Slave to Fashion?

Do you worry about how "with it" your writing is? Have you chosen a plot twist or a character type purely because that character or plot is particularly hot right now? At some point we all become influenced by fashion and by trends in our particularly corner of fashion, the writing world. Whether we admit or not, the type of writing we do, and even the messages we choose to send, have been influenced by what is "of the moment" in contemporary writing. There are good things about being a slave to fashion, and there are bad things; and I'm writing today to separate out the good from the bad. (Read more »)

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